Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship
The Reservoir Committee (RC), a technical committee of the Southern Division AFS, created the Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship in 1997. Bob was elected to the National Fisheries Hall of Excellence in 1995. His vast contributions to the field of reservoir fishery science paved the way for today’s reservoir managers. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students conducting reservoir-related fisheries research in the southeastern United States which show exceptional progress in their research, education, and professional endeavors.
The Reservoir Technical Committee is proud to recognize Caleb Aldridge from Mississippi State University and Frederick “Fritz” Hoogakker from Tennessee Tech University as recipients of the 2020 Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship sponsored by Georgia Power.
Caleb is working under the guidance of Dr. Mike Colvin developing plans, frameworks, and support tools to help fishery managers efficiently and effectively organize and stage management activities. His PhD work is titled, “FRASps: a planning support tool for inland fisheries management”. Caleb has a valuable skillset that he uses to develop web applications that facilitate efficiency in fishery management. He is also dedicated to communicating his science to managers through professional presentations and peer-review publications.
Fritz is working under the direction of Dr. Mark Rogers analyzing nearly two decade of TWRA creel data to evaluate if reservoirs exhibited similar patterns in effort through time, or, if differences across reservoirs can be explained by management actions (e.g. stocking) or other reasons (e.g. local population size). His thesis is titled, “Exploring Synchrony Between Black Bass Angler Activity and Management Actions in Tennessee Reservoirs”. Fritz’s project focuses on an area that if frequently overlooked, follow up analysis as to whether costly management actions, such as stocking, are providing significant value to anglers. He is honing his quantitative skills while working on an expansive data set, to go along with his established field expertise. He too, is committed to communicating his science to aid other fishery managers.
With the SDAFS meeting going virtual for 2021, Caleb, Fritz and Georgia Power were recognized during the virtual Technical Committee meeting. They each will receive a $500 check from the Reservoir Technical Committee in the coming days. Congratulations Caleb and Fritz!